Moments of falling : for string orchestra
by Stuart Greenbaum (1996)
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is dedicated to Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, and particularly in
respect to his Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten
(1977/1980). I first heard it in 1987 as a 20-year-old
undergraduate student. I was deeply impressed and some months
later in 1988, I attempted a similar mensuration canon structure,
but in a compound metre and also incorporating a phasing
technique learned from Steve Reich. Just another experiment in a
long line of minimalist pieces I wrote at that time - this one
was excitingly called 'process #19'.
But this particular 'process' stayed with me and in 1990 I made an electronic version for a play, Atlanta (Joanna Murray-Smith) involving a woman in her late twenties, who has 'moments of falling' where she imagines what it must be like to walk through glass and come out on the other side. And so the title stuck. In 1996, I orchestrated the piece for strings, which is now the final version.
The most overtly minimalist piece I have written, Moments of Falling is constructed around a cascading 16-note motive in the Aeolian mode. It features a high degree of repetition, but as the motive is overlaid at different speeds in different octaves, no bar is ever exactly the same.
Instrumentation: String orchestra.
Duration: 6 min.
Dedication note: Dedicated to Arvo Pärt
Composer's no. GRT 033
- In the form/style of: Minimalism
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